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1/2 tsp salt
1 cup regular grits (not instant)
1 cup milk (whole, low fat or skim)
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, fried crisp & crumbled
1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded & diced
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine water and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the grits and cook until thickened and the water has been absorbed. Add remaining ingredients, stir to thoroughly combine, then pour into a greased 2-quart casserole dish (you can also pour into 4 oven-safe bowls for individually-baked servings). Bake at 350°F for half an hour or until lightly browned. Serve hot.
PS: I have a sneaky suspicion that you could substitute a slice (chopped) of cooked country ham for the bacon, but haven't tried that yet. If you make this casserole using country ham instead of bacon--or if you make any other substitutions or additions--please leave a comment to let us know how it came out!